3 Tips For Staying Safe In Your Wheelchair In Winter Weather
If you have to use a wheelchair this winter to get around, here are three tips that will help you stay safe in your wheelchair, especially if you live somewhere where it is snowy and icy during the winter time.
#1 Inspect All Ramps
Before you take your wheelchair up a ramp, give it a quick visual inspection. If the ramp is covered in snow that has not been shoveled off, or if the ramp is covered in ice, it may not be a smart idea to take your wheelchair up the ramp. Even just a small layer of snow and ice can make it really difficult for you to navigate your wheelchair up a ramp.
If it looks like there is snow or ice on the ramp, take an alternative route into the building. Or see if there is anyone around who can clear the wheelchair ramp or help you up the ramp to ensure that you don't encounter any issues.
#2 Check Out Your Tires
Check out your tires before you hit the winter streets. Just like with your tires on your vehicle, you want to make sure that you have good tread on your tires before you take them outside in the winter.
If the tread on your tires is worn out, you are not going to have the traction you need to grip the ground when it is cold, wet and icy outside. Your wheelchair can slip and slid without the right traction.
If your tires are worn out, replace them before hitting the street with your wheelchair this winter.
#3 Get The Right Gloves
Finally, you need to make sure that you have the right type of gloves for navigating the winter weather. You need a pair of gloves that will provide you with a good grip so you can navigate your wheelchair around without getting your hands wet and dirty.
The best gloves to wear when you are navigating a wheelchair in the wintertime are either leather gloves or gloves that have non-slip or skid material on the inside of the palm. Make sure that your gloves will provide you with the grip that you need while also keeping your hands dry. This will make it easier for you to navigate around with your wheelchair this winter.
This winter, make sure that your gloves and tires are ready for winter time, but always be cautious when approaching ramps and entrances and ask for help clearing paths in order to stay safe.